Litium battery thermal event Incident Boeing 777-306ER PH-BVB, 15 Mar 2015
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174542
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Time:c. 10:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic B77W model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 777-306ER
Owner/operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-BVB
MSN: 36145/706
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK/VTBS) -   Thailand
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM)
Destination airport:Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK/VTBS)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A Boeing 777-306ER, operating flight KL875 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Bangkok, Thailand landed at Bangkok about 10:40 hours local time.
During taxi-in, the flight attendants became aware of a strong ‘electrical smell’ in the forward cabin and noticed a plume of light grey smoke coming from an overhead stowage bin above passenger seat row 5 DEF. The bin contained carry-on baggage (black zipper suitcase) holding what appeared to be a drone (quad-copter) with HD video camera equipment in possession of a professional TV broadcasting team. The suitcase contained four spare lithium ion batteries (rated 99.9Wh each) and one lithium ion battery attached to the drone. The latter had gone into a ‘thermal runaway’, melting a hole through the suitcase. The ensuing fire was swiftly and successfully extinguished by two flight attendants after discharging two portable BCF fire extinguishers, immediately followed by pouring approximately 5 liters of fluid over it (from mineral water bottles, coffee jugs etc.).


@Accone on Twitter
See also:
ICAO updated guidance for aviation personnel on how to deal with lithium battery fires


Revision history:

15-Mar-2015 10:05 ASN Added
15-Mar-2015 10:12 ASN Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
15-Mar-2015 10:23 ASN Updated [Source]
16-Mar-2015 11:57 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Dec-2018 15:26 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av., 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314